According to a 2012 survey conducted by Internships.com, 69 percent of companies with 100 or more employees offered full-time jobs to their interns.
“The number one thing that employers look for when students are graduating is that they have the actual hands-on experience in their field of study,” said Anne Evans, assistant director for the Career Center on campus.
Evans explained earning a four year degree may not be enough to land students a job.
“We want to encourage all students to do an internship, if not more than one, while they are on campus,” Evans said.
Evans argued that most students pursue internship work in order to prepare for post-graduate life in a recovering economy.
“I think the national statistics indicate 80 percent or more students graduate with at least one internship experience or more. So one of the things we want students to know is that they need internship experience to compete in a tough job market,” Evans said.
Regardless of a student’s chosen field of study, Evans explained there are opportunities to gain real life experience in the workplace.
“Every major here at Boise State offers the potential of an internship for credit. So if a student has found and secured an internship, they can apply to earn credit,” Evans said.
Evans encouraged students to start the internship search by polishing their paperwork.
“Before they even start their internship search, they want to make sure their resume and cover letter are put together professionally and help market them effectively,”
Students can do this by visiting the Career Center from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to learn trade secrets for building a quality resume.
From there, Evans encourages students to check the Career Center website and browse through the listings of previously served internships to apply or come up with their own ideas for workplace experience.
“For example, if I am a communication student, on the website I can see where other students have done internships in the past,” Evans said.
According to Evans, earning credit for an internship involves three parties.
“It involves the student, the intern site supervisor and then the designated faculty member in their department of study,” Evans said. “Every department has an internship coordinator that oversees the internship course.”
Evans explained that students can log onto the Career Center’s website to find proper paperwork to apply.
“We have an actual internship application for academic credit,” Evans said.
According to Evans, the department’s internship coordinator reviews the proposal and verifies that internship duties relate directly to the individual student’s field of study.
Students seeking to complete an internship during Spring 2014 must be approved by Feb. 3 in order to receive credit.
After being approved, the internship shows up on the student’s list of courses like any other credit course.
“The registrar’s office adds the class to your my.BoiseState course list,” Evans said.